Daily Bible Reading “David Learned of Saul’s Death” (2 Samuel 1:1-16)

2 Samuel 1 David learns of Sauls death

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 1:1-16. David returned to Ziklag after the slaughter of the Amalekites. David hadn’t heard about Saul and Jonathan’s death yet, but he was about to hear the news. David had only been back in Ziklag three days when he received a visitor.

A man came out from Saul’s camp. He was dirty and his clothes were torn. When he saw David, he bowed down to him.

David asked him where he came from. He told David that he escaped from the Israel’s camp. David asked him how the battle went.

The man told David that the people had fled from the battle and many were dead, including Saul and Jonathan.

David asked the young man how he knew that Saul and Jonathan were dead. The young man explained that the Philistines were chasing hard after Saul and in Saul’s anguish he fell upon his sword.

He told David that when he happened upon Saul at mount Gilboa that Saul called to him and asked him who he was. He told Saul that he was an Amalekite. Saul requested that he take his sword and finish killing him.

So the young man took his sword and killed Saul, because he was sure he wouldn’t survive with the injuries he had already sustained. The young man took Saul’s crown from his head and his bracelet from his arm and brought them to David.

David was so upset he and all the men that were with him tore their clothes and mourned for Saul and Jonathan. Besides being the leader of Israel, Saul had been David’s father-in-law and Jonathan was like a brother to David. He was David’s best friend.

David asked the young man who he was. He told David that he was the son of an Amalekite, who was a stranger. David asked him wasn’t he afraid to slay, Saul, the LORD’s anointed.

David called one of his young men and told them to slay the Amalekite. David told him his blood was on his head because he had testified with his own mouth that he slayed one of the LORD’s anointed.

This was a sad day for David. He had learned that two people who had been influential in his life were dead. If you’ve ever lost a loved one you can imagine the grief David felt.


Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 1:1-16

1 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;
2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.
3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.
4 And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.
5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?
6 And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.
7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I.
8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.
9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.
10 So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.
11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:
12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.
14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD’S anointed?
15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.
16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD’S anointed.


Things to think about:

  • How did David learn about the death of Saul and Jonathan?
  • What was David and his men’s reaction to Saul’s death?
  • What happened to the Amalekite who killed Saul?


Prayer of the Day:

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see David’s grief over the death of Saul and Jonathan. Help us in times of grief to turn to You for comfort. Help us to realize that You are always there for us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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